Thursday, March 12, 2009

Dozier School for Boys aka Florida State Reform School in Marianna Fl, “HELL ON EARTH.”

I ran 33 times from the beatings at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna Fl, when they shipped me to State Prison at 16 in 1979 it was a relief ! Troy Warren. 46, lives in Vidalia Ga now and is and living on disability payments due to the beatings he suffered at the Dozier School for Boys.

Troy Warren was at Dozier School for Boys Marianna Fl in 1973 to 1974 and then again in 1977 to 1979, his crime, he was a runaway.

Troy Warren ran away from the Dozier school at least 33 times, the school was a virtual “Hell on Earth” with constant mistreatment form the guards, one especially was the One Armed Man, Troy Tidwell who always wore a suit, even when he was viciously beating the children.

FROM ABC news..One day in the late 1950s, Richard Colon was working in the Dozier school’s laundry room. After a long bathroom break, Colon, then a student inmate in his early teens, said he returned and found the room empty and quiet, except for one tumble dryer that was running.

A young boy had been shoved into it, he said.

“I looked around and I thought ‘I could help him, but if I do, what will they do to me?’” he said, assuming
the boy had been forced into the dryer as punishment. “So I left him. And he died.”

“I think about him every day,” said Colon, now 65 and living in Baltimore. “I think to myself, I could have opened that door and I didn’t. That torments me.”
Colon says he does not know what happened to the boy’s body or who forced him into the dryer.

But he and a group of men who were students at the school during the 1950s and 1960s believe his remains may be buried among 32 unmarked graves recently discovered near the school, where they suspect boys who were killed at the school were dumped.

Troy Warren says that the mistreatment was still going on in the mid 1970’s when he was there and the “White House torture room” that was supposed to have been sealed up in the 1960’s was still being used to beat the boys nearly to death and in some cases they did.

Troy Warren claims that there are more than the 32 graves at Dozier as indicated in the
ABC news account of Richard Colon, he claims that boy’s bodies were also buried behind the Dinning Hall, or “Chow Hall” and that he had dug some of the unmarked graves.

Troy Warren appears to have the record for escape attempts from the Dozier School for boys, he says they always found him, they being the K-9 Unit run by “Ollie” the Dog Man. When the Dozier School for boys K-9 guards did finally find Troy Warren they always made him carry the large Blood Hound Dog all the way back to the School and then beat him almost unconscious, he was 15.

The instrument of his torment was a long leather strap — like the kind used in old-fashioned barber shops, except that part of it was made of sheet metal. ”If I had them people in front of me, I’d have to ask them if they realize how many lives they destroyed,”
Robert Straley, 64, a Clearwater said. “They beat you. They put the rage in you.”

‘When you inflict that much pain and brutality on a child, they’re traumatized for life,” he said. “Period.”
Troy Tidwell Jr (the one armed man), 84, a retired supervisor still in Marianna, acknowledges that children were disciplined at The White House, though he denied any of the inmates were injured.

In a building just across from the White House was a place the boys referred to as the rape room. Robert Straley, 62, of Clearwater FL, was 13 and about 105 pounds when he was sent there. He remembered being waked one night and accused of smok­ing.

“I was on the entertainment list for the night. That’s what it was,” Straley said.

He remembers a man with an iron grip (one armed man) grabbing his arm. “They were monsters. Oh, my God, the things they did,” Straley said. “When these men had me down, you weren’t going to turn into Bruce Lee, you only had one option, and that was you could scream all you wanted.”

Dick Colon remembers try­ing not to scream. He was told by guards that if he made a peep, the beating would last longer. Guards would force him to lie on a bed.“The pillow he asked you to bury your face in was all blood and snot and guts,” Colon said.

Dozier School for Boys aka Florida State Reform School in Marianna Fl, “HELL ON EARTH.”

Bill Warner
private investigator